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Forum: Adversary / Threat 5 Days Ago
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The US founders were not deprived either, but...

The US founders were not deprived either, but they burned at the disrespect levied against them their fellow British citizens who officially and in practice deemed Colonists inferior due merely for...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 6 Days Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 38,239
Posted By Bob's World
We need to appreciate the powerful effect of the...

We need to appreciate the powerful effect of the identity-based populations that every person has. If a person identifies with some issue or cause, they become a member of a distributed population...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 1,174
Posted By Bob's World
No argument that ISIS intends to do us harm. ...

No argument that ISIS intends to do us harm. That is their express rhetoric. Death to Israel, Death to the US, etc. Of note, their express actions have been to the contrary, and have been...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
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Views: 1,174
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, "tens of thousands of people fled" the US...

Bill, "tens of thousands of people fled" the US to Canada and other corners of the Empire to escape violence and oppression following our own revolution to throw off British government. Revolutions...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
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Views: 1,174
Posted By Bob's World
Begin with our picking and then protecting...

Begin with our picking and then protecting governance for a dozen countries that was what we thought would be best for us, over the express, and often violent protest of what those who lived in those...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 1 Week Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 1,174
Posted By Bob's World
After WWII, when the US still led by example and...

After WWII, when the US still led by example and stood upon the fundamental principles that we ourselves were founded upon, revolutionary people around the world with diverse cultures, such as the...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 38,239
Posted By Bob's World
The ideology has been there for 15 years, but now...

The ideology has been there for 15 years, but now suddenly 20,000 pack up and go.

Is it so hard to accept that it is the mission that is the draw, and not the message?

I think Western egos can...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 38,239
Posted By Bob's World
The greasegun is a super cheap .45 cal submachine...

The greasegun is a super cheap .45 cal submachine gun developed by the US to arm revolutionary and resistance fighters with who's actions we thought would advance our interests. We did not...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 38,239
Posted By Bob's World
So, just curious, what percentage of American...

So, just curious, what percentage of American colonists in support of revolution were "radicalized" by the words of Sam Adams and Thomas Paine; versus those who were radicalized by the actions of...
Forum: RFIs & Members' Projects 1 Week Ago
Replies: 185
Views: 23,417
Posted By Bob's World
I would concede that the simplistic statement...

I would concede that the simplistic statement "war is war" is accurate, but only if those who cling to that belief were willing to concede that not all political violence is war, and then have a...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 38,239
Posted By Bob's World
The demands of the vocal few rarely reflect the...

The demands of the vocal few rarely reflect the reasonable concerns of the groups the claim to represent. One must look past the noise to hear the sounds that really matter. One also must attempt...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 1 Week Ago
Replies: 187
Views: 38,239
Posted By Bob's World
David, the type of self determination we are...

David, the type of self determination we are talking about among disaffected European Muslims is not that of a nation of people seeking governance determined by themselves rather than some foreign,...
Forum: Small Wars Council Book Club 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 4
Views: 3,682
Posted By Bob's World
I too was heavily influenced by "Once a Warrior...

I too was heavily influenced by "Once a Warrior King." I look forward to this next book, and I do not say that about much that is published about COIN in recent years.

Insurgency is fundamentally...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 1,778
Posted By Bob's World
Europe used to celebrate their heritage of going...

Europe used to celebrate their heritage of going off to be foreign fighters in the Levant - they called it "The Crusades."

There was major civil war and unrest when those fighters returned as...
Forum: Trigger Puller 01-03-2015
Replies: 187
Views: 38,462
Posted By Bob's World
I respect Gen McCrystal immensely - but he still...

I respect Gen McCrystal immensely - but he still sees these problems through the lens of his nation, his duty and his experience. Until he can step back from those things he can only offer tactical...
Forum: Historians 12-09-2014
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Views: 1,181
Posted By Bob's World
Of course there were good tactical programs and...

Of course there were good tactical programs and operations in Vietnam. Likewise in Iraq and Afghanistan. But there is no value in celebrating these meaningless successes unless one does so in the...
Forum: Middle East 11-22-2014
Replies: 1,133
Views: 60,555
Posted By Bob's World
We could have nipped much of this in the bud...

We could have nipped much of this in the bud early if we would have understood the problem from beginning in terms of fundamental human nature and governance.

AQ had and has a three point...
Forum: Middle East 11-22-2014
Replies: 1,133
Views: 60,555
Posted By Bob's World
I personally believe that "radicalization" and...

I personally believe that "radicalization" and "foreign fighters" are two of the most overblown and misunderstood aspects of the current political violence going on across the greater middle east.
...
Forum: Middle East 11-22-2014
Replies: 1,133
Views: 60,555
Posted By Bob's World
I respect the hell out of Bill Moore, and we see...

I respect the hell out of Bill Moore, and we see many things in very similar ways, but this quote above highlights a fundamental difference in perspective. Our policies of the past several years...
Forum: Middle East 11-22-2014
Replies: 1,133
Views: 60,555
Posted By Bob's World
The list Bill has provided above goes to my...

The list Bill has provided above goes to my point. Not only does the NSS list these as our vital interests, it declares them to be "enduring." Certainly these things are important, the list has...
Forum: Middle East 11-18-2014
Replies: 1,133
Views: 60,555
Posted By Bob's World
We may soon see another example of an emotion,...

We may soon see another example of an emotion, rather than interest- based response.
Forum: Middle East 11-18-2014
Replies: 1,133
Views: 60,555
Posted By Bob's World
It seems to me that in the post WWII era, with a...

It seems to me that in the post WWII era, with a noted escalation in the post Cold War era, we fight far more often for national emotion than for national interest .

Fear, pride, anger, ego, false...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 11-10-2014
Replies: 192
Views: 53,785
Posted By Bob's World
India often describes itself as the "World's...

India often describes itself as the "World's largest democracy"; but I have heard others state that condition of governance from the other perspective, as "The World's largest oppressed minority." ...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 11-06-2014
Replies: 421
Views: 100,310
Posted By Bob's World
David, besides on the part of government...

David, besides on the part of government officials, we are not dealing with mass hysteria or temporary insanity, either one.

Sure, many will simply act out for any good (or bad) excuse, but the...
Forum: Doctrine & TTPs 11-06-2014
Replies: 421
Views: 100,310
Posted By Bob's World
Bill, Best I can tell only a small...

Bill,

Best I can tell only a small minority of the locals or the foreign fighters buy into the political viewpoint of ISIL - but most all buy into the need for some sort of Sunni governed space...
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